It's Not Too Late to Register for Centralina's 2017 Conference Thursday, April 6

Join 200 of the region's elected officials, city and county staff, private sector and non-profit officials and staff registered for the third annual Creative Solutions for Thriving Communities on Thursday, April 6, at the Charles Mack Citizen Center in Mooresville, NC.

The year's conference focuses on "Building Strong, Resilient Communities"  with best practices, emerging trends, innovation and successes that will provide practical tools, resources and creative strategies for attendees.

This year's keynotes are:

"Remaking Economic Development: Weathering Political Transitions" – Brooking Institution's Metropolitan Policy Program Director Amy Liu will talk about the kinds of systems and strategies that need to be in place to maintain continuous economic development and growth through inevitable changes in administration.  

"'For the Love of Cities' - The Economic & Social Value of Emotionally Engaging Places" – Author and international consultant Peter Kageyama will talk about how to create emotionally engaging communities and the benefits that accrue to places that have found that 'secret sauce' of livable, sustainable, walkable and ultimately, lovable cities.

Local officials attending the last Creative Solutions for Thriving Communities Conference had this to say: 

"I'm going back with a bunch of great ideas we can use," said Former Cramerton Mayor Will Cauthen.

"It's a fantastic conference, a great opportunity to get together and share ideas and get to know each other," said Cabarrus County Manager Mike Downs.

"This is a local, one-day event that we've designed to provide value at an affordable cost," said Jim Prosser, CCOG Executive Director. "In addition to keynotes from  nationally recognized leaders, the conference offers: locally-relevant sessions with practical solutions to community challenges,  the opportunity to network and exchange ideas with peers from around the region, and continuing education credits for managers and planners." 

Continuing education credits include:

Managers – The sessions address many of the "practice areas" for managers and the conference will provide ample opportunity to participate in learning activities that will support a manager's annual ICMA credentialed manager plan report.

Planners –The conference will allow planners to receive 5.5 credits in one day. After the conference, planners should go to the American Planning Association at to register their continuing education credit.

To register or to learn more about sessions and speakers from this year's "Sneak Peek" brochure, go to our conference website If you have any questions about the conference, contact Kelly Weston ( Online registration will close at noon on Wednesday, April 5, but walk-ins the day of the conference are welcome.

Follow Centralina Council of Governments on Twitter @CentralinaCOG and join the 2017 conference conversation by using #CCOGConf17 and #buildcommunities. For more information about the Centralina Council of Governments, visit our website at

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